On Friday, Toronto FC confirmed the acquisition of Juventus midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, subject to an International Traffic Certificate and work visa.
The dynamic winger, who was a member of Italy’s Euro 2020 winning side last summer, will be a Designated Player for the club until 2026.
The Canadian squad had sought Bernardeschi and transferred Alejandro Pozuelo to Inter Miami to free up the requisite DP berth, according to 90min.
Bob Bradley, Toronto’s head coach and sports director, stated: “We spoke with Federico a few weeks ago and believe he’s a perfect match for what we’re trying to develop here at TFC, and we’re excited to get him on the field.
“He is an offensive player who is also noted for his dedication to the squad. Federico is a left-footed player who can play on the right flank but can also play in the center when necessary.”
Bill Manning, president of the City of Toronto, added: “We are delighted to welcome Federico to our team.
“We feel he is precisely what we need right now, both on the field and in the locker room, as a player and as a person. Federico has shown himself to be a champion and a leader at Juventus and for the Italian national team, and he brings an unrivaled pedigree to Toronto.”
Bernardeschi is the second Italian international to join Toronto this summer, after the signing of Lorenzo Insigne from Napoli.
Juventus is yet to release a final comment.